Survival, Resilience, Redemption: Veterans' Stories
The 2013 Two Towns - One Book program kicked off on Saturday, January 12, 2013 with a panel of local veterans discussing themes in Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, the book chosen by the community for the year's community reading program. The event also included a color guard from the Saratoga National Cemetery and music by Diane Payette. The FOL Hospitality Committee served light refreshments. The Kids Read Too! project will have activities for younger children outside the Children's Library.
Panel Participants included:
Allan Atwell: Al tried to enlist in 1943 the day after his 18th birthday, only to be told he was not needed. He turned to his draft board for help and quickly found himself heading overseas on the SS Mauretania without a convoy and avoiding enemy submarines. Al served in the 28th Division, the Bloody Bucket, during the Battle of the Bulge. Al worked for the New York Telephone Company for 40 years before retiring in 1985 and starting his own telephone business in Clifton Park. Al has been a volunteer firefighter for over 60 years and remains active with the Jonesville Fire Department and various local veterans groups.
William “Dick” Corp: Dick enlisted right after high school in 1957. He completed the required advance radio school in one month instead of the normal six months due to his familiarity with radio, telephone and HAM communications thanks to his FCC license. Dick was in charge of Military Auxiliary Radio stations located on several posts including Korea, Japan and Adak, AK. After completing his active service in 1963, Dick continued as a US Army MARS volunteer and is currently the Region 2 Director for NY and NJ with over 100 qualified radio operator volunteers under his command.
Andrew Davis: Andy is currently the Director of the Saratoga County Veterans Services Agency. He has been an advocate for veterans since separating from service in 2004. Andy served as a United States Army Ranger for 5 years including two tours of duty in Afghanistan and one in Iraq.
Dan Riley: Dan joined the Navy after graduating from high school in 1943. He served as Signalman 3rd Class on the USS LSM 256, a flat-bottomed landing ship that delivered troops and mechanized units to the beach. Dan made landings in the Philippines and at Okinawa and was discharged on May 26, 1946.
Karl Rodenhauser: Karl retired from the USAF in 1989 as a Colonel with over 25 years of service. In 1989 he became Director of New York State's Division of Aviation and later Manager of the Albany Airport until 2001. He currently divides his time between his greenhouse, gardening and teaching Aviation History at Schenectady Community College. He is a Command Pilot and Master Instructor with over 10,000 flying hours and 550 combat missions in Vietnam.
Seymour “Sonny” Segan: A bombardier in the Army Air Corps, Sonny was shot down during a raid over the Ploesti oil fields in Romania. Before joining the service he worked as a laborer during construction of The Pentagon. After the war, he entered the business world and founded the Jonathan Reid men’s clothing store chain.